According to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), in 2018, indebted students left dental school with an average amount of $285,000 owed. As the cost to attend dental school continues to rise, many prospective students are looking for opportunities to avoid taking on debt, while still gaining valuable experience. One way is through the Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP).
Practicing dentists and current dental students know, and we predentals claim to know, just how expensive a dental education is. What does “expensive” really mean though?
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) sought to find that out in 2013 with the ADEA Survey of Dental School Seniors. Out of the 4,134 survey respondents, 30.8% said they will be graduating with $200,000-$299,999 in debt. Even worse, 18.5% said they will have between $300,000-$399,999 in debt, and worst of all, the least fortunate 9.4% will graduate with more than $400,000 in debt.
Read on to learn how you can get part of your education paid for…